September 23, 2014

Monday Open Thread: Contemporary African American Scientists

When you think of major space missions conducted by NASA in the last 20 years, it is a good bet that Aprille Joy Ericsson played an important role in their success. Aprille is an aerospace engineer and instrument manager at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center located just outside Washington, DC where she has used her skills to conduct simulations on spacecraft designs in order to understand how these crafts perform during flight and how their propulsion systems will function.

The simulations allow her and other engineers to determine if any changes should be made to the construction and design of the spacecraft.

In addition, since 2010, she has served as Senior Deputy Instrument Manager on the ICESat-2 Atlas rocket. Currently she is designing and testing high-tech instruments that will help spacecrafts map the lunar surface in preparation of future moon exploration voyages.

Her desire to become an aerospace engineer was spawned in high school when she visited an Air Force base in New Hampshire as part of a science outreach program for people of color.  At the base, she was able to sit in the aircraft control tower and fly in a flight simulator, even receiving a pilot’s score.

Aprille has also been a trailblazer: she is the first African American female to receive a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Howard University, and the first African American female at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center to receive a Ph.D. in Engineering.

The recipient of numerous awards and honors, Aprille is also a noted motivational speaker, especially in inspiring other women to pursue leadership roles in science, engineering and other fields. Her speaking credits include: speaking in 2010 at the White House to the First Lady’s Mentoring Program for High School Girls; addressing Oprah Winfrey’s Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa, and serving two consecutive years as International Speaker for the annual Women in Engineering Conference in South Africa.

In 1997, she won a “Women in Science and Engineering” award for the best female engineer in the federal government.

Consistent with her desire to grow professionally, Aprille continues to have lofty goals. “My future career objectives include serving as a mission specialist for the NASA astronaut program, and as an adviser or liaison to the White House for Science, Technology and Education Policies,” she says.

And another important goal: “I feel obligated to continue to help spur the interest of minorities and females in the math, science and engineering disciplines. Without diversity in all fields the United States will not remain technically competitive.”

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  • crazycanuck

    Huh, so there is a petition to pardon the ‘national hero’ Snowden. WTF

    • morphus

      Interesting, we are living in a time where conspiracy theorists, saboteurs, and treasonous acts rising from all sectors of society are mainstreamed and incredibly held up as heroes.

      • MonieTalks

        Except if your name is Pedro Serrano and you expose NYPD’s stop and frisk.

        His courage only warrants a measly blip in the media…funny how that works, eh?

        • morphus

          Uh huh. Don’t ya know Serrano wasn’t advocating for the “right” kind of civil rights or liberties?

        • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

          Stop and Frisk doesn’t affect these white EmoProgs.

  • morphus

    Is it just me? Did everyone miss the timing of Susan Rice’s appointment and NSA’s witch hunt?

    • MonieTalks

      Was just thinking about that this morning morphus! Uh huh

  • gn

    @GQ_Zoolander
    @Wolfrum So GG has admitted being in contact with Snowden in Feb, BEFORE him starting at Booz Allen. Is it a reach to ask if GG influenced.

    @TheScottFinley
    Wait-Greenwald has been working with this joker since February? That means Greenwald broke the law.

    @setislady
    @Xultar @ggreenwald that’s not a leaker that’s a spy.

    @Sttbs73
    Remember everyone! These #RWNJ ‘s calling #snowden a hero called anyone speaking out against BUSH a traitor!

    Man this story stinks!

    • conlakappa

      And will only get more putrid, methinks. But move over, Manning, you are literally yesterday’s cause celebre.

      • Admiral_Komack

        I wish one bullet could be used to kill Manning and Snowden, because in my eyes, they are both traitors.

  • gn

    @TheReidReport
    1 more thing: Greenwald did that video to make a hero of Snowden & inadvertently changed the story from govt snooping to Booz Allen & China.

    @Auriandra
    NYT: Leaker’s Employer Became Wealthy by Maintaining Government Secrets http://is.gd/IZVgFr Booz Allen Hamilton @Morning_Joe

    • morphus

      GWB’s presidency, is the gift that keeps giving. GWB’s administration literally outsourced the U.S. intelligence agencies to contractors. A fact which suggests there are literally thousands of Snowdens out there. And, last but not least, lets not forget when confronted with memes Congress didn’t know about NSA’s activities, there are “distinguished” members of Congress like the Michele freaking Bachmann on the House Select Committee on Intelligence.

  • gn

    The long and short of it:

    @Shoq
    Whistleblowers report wrongdoing. #Snowden broke very serious laws telling us something that was legal and already known #p2

  • MonieTalks

    I made a career switch to HIM (health info management), and so disease classification systems like ICD9 and the impending ICD10 are essential to this field.

    Rand Paul is just a stupid dumb prick. The US is already decades behind in implementing ICD10 compared to the rest of the world, which is much more specific and extensive in disease classifications. Yet this dumb ass links ICD10 to Obamacare, which predicts Obamacare by decades and mocks the impending transition to this system. It amazes me the emos hang on to this prick’s disingenious schemes.

    Is there an ICD-10 code for political misinformation?

    …Paul was the keynote speaker May 10 at the Iowa Lincoln Day Dinner at The Hotel at Kirkwood Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He gave almost two minutes of misinformation about ICD-10 codes.

    There were the standard sound bites about 140,000
    codes and jabs at turtle injuries. But Paul went beyond that by equating the Affordable Care Act with ICD-10 implementation. As if all these diagnostic codes were President Obama’s idea. Even the author of the Skeptical Scalpel blog is willing to call Paul out on that.

    http://www.icd10watch.com/blog/there-icd-10-code-political-misinformation

    • morphus

      Its maddening but since 2008 the repubithugs created and environment where they are able to make wild exaggerations which will not be questioned on *any* topic because their zombie followers will accept their “leaders” claim as a viable public policy as long as the statements opposes PBO.

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

  • rikyrah

    I Lost Weight: After Stern Words From Her Doctor, Susan Anderson Lost 140 Pounds

    Posted: 06/07/2013 8:43 am EDT

    Name: Susan Anderson
    Age: 41
    Height: 5’7″
    Before Weight: 320 pounds

    How I Gained It: I was always heavy. My mother was a great cook, and I took full advantage of that. As a child I was the heaviest kid in class and was teased relentlessly. I learned how to use food as a coping mechanism after my parents divorced. It became my comfort when I was ignored and teased in grade school. By the time I went to high school, I was well on my way to 300 pounds. My addiction to food continued into my 20s and 30s. I went through two divorces and was left with low self-esteem. I hated who I saw in the mirror. I was suicidal and felt ugly, hopeless and unwanted by anybody. The cycle of self-soothing with food continued. I ate whenever I was not occupied by something else, even in the middle of the night. I would wake up and go to McDonald’s in my nightgown and hide in the car to eat. Eating the food would feel euphoric at first, then deep depression would set in afterwards.

    Breaking Point: My journey started in my doctor’s office. He basically told me I was in a life-or-death situation: “If you don’t do something about your weight, you are going to die very soon.” At 34 years old and a mother of three daughters, I was a borderline diabetic, on various blood pressure meds to control my extreme hypertension and very depressed. I was indeed headed toward an early grave. I will forever be grateful for his stern words that jumpstarted my life.

    How I Lost It: The words from my doctor served as my lightbulb moment. Shortly after, I joined a gym, and began to walk into a new season of my life. I did a complete overhaul of my diet, exchanging fried food for veggies and soda for water.

    I had not been used to moving my body at all really. I was winded when I would walk up a flight of stairs, or walk to my parked car. I started going to a women’s gym called Curves. The trainer there really helped me out of my embarrassment of working out in front of people. For the first month or so I could only work out for about 15 minutes at a time, then slowly as my endurance increased I found I could do about 25 minutes. It was painful, but little did I know then, through that physical pain, progress within my body was taking place!

    I began educating myself about the foods that had made me so overweight over the years. The more I learned, the more determined I was to change my body — and my mind began to change, too. Instead of feeling powerless, I began to feel empowered! I realized then I had to capacity to change my life.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/07/i-lost-weight-susan-anderson_n_3288056.html?ncid=webmail25

  • rikyrah

    Bobfr

    @Our4thEstate

    Summary: A traitor is hired by NSA
    contractor Booz Allen. He peddles LIES to GWB sycophant Greenwald &
    Cheney sycophant Gellman. @Pfeiffer44

    1:06 AM – 10 Jun 2013

  • rikyrah

    Linda Kyambadde

    @globalcitizenln

    A very high stakes game is being played
    in shadows; concerns about civil liberties r exploited 2 prevent
    analysis of REAL TARGET (PBO) #NSA

    4:53 AM – 10 Jun 2013

  • rikyrah

    Steven Rattner

    @SteveRattner

    Is every govt employee w/top secret clearance supposed to be able to unilaterally decide which secrets need airing?

    9:19 PM – 9 Jun 2013

    • gn

      And in the world of GG, one doesn’t even need to have a clearance, the threshold is even lower: simply cultivate a cult of personality and become a “journalist” who operates without ethics. In a nutshell, GG has taken it upon himself to get his hands on illegally obtained information (none of which proves illegality on the part of NSA btw) and decide what should be public.

      • conlakappa

        A shadow government whose brain trust [*cough* neither brain-having or trustworthy but you get my point] operates in a palatial home in Brazil. How very James Bond!

        • gn

          And buried in this story is what looks to me like an outing of CIA agents in Switzerland in a manner which could impact the Swiss govt’s willingness to cooperate with the US. There’s so much that stinks here.

  • rikyrah

    GStuedler

    @GStuedler

    I damn sure don’t want some traitor who runs away like the little chickenshit he is deciding what is good for my country.

    6:03 AM – 10 Jun 2013

  • rikyrah

    Joseph Nobles

    @BoloBoffin

    February: Greenwald starts working with
    Snowden. March 6: Rand Paul filibusters about drones. Late March:
    Snowden starts at Booz. #tinfoil

    7:00 AM – 10 Jun 2013
    from Dallas, TX, United States

    • Kennymack1971

      Libertarian shenanigans. And some dumb liberals are going to cape for this bullshit.

  • rikyrah

    Zandar @ZandarVTS

    So literally just as the Benghazi, DoJ and now IRS scandals were getting crushed, we get Snowden’s Game
    1:29 AM – 10 Jun 2013

    Zandar @ZandarVTS

    And if you were trying to desperately stamp out immigration reform, well the last five weeks are a textbook case on how to do it.
    5:56 PM – 9 Jun 2013

    Zandar @ZandarVTS

    Bonus: let’s split the Obama coalition over Bush-era programs heading into 2014.
    5:58 PM – 9 Jun 2013

  • rikyrah

    Greg Mitchell

    @GregMitch

    Gellman: WashPost only published 4 of 41 slides that Snowden wanted published, and delayed, so he went to Greenwald. http://bit.ly/119yJcL

    10:18 PM – 9 Jun 2013

  • rikyrah

    Josh Marshall ✔

    @joshtpm

    Some of Greenwald’s statements sound more like threats than telling a story http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/suggesting-theres-lot-more-coming-greenwald-says-nsa … via @tomkludt

    7:22 AM – 10 Jun 2013

    The Guardian’s Glenn

    • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

      That’s GG’s m.o. – threaten, intimidate and harass. He’s nothing but a bully.

  • rikyrah

    Matt Yglesias ✔

    @mattyglesias

    Edward Snowden’s view that Hong Kong has
    “a spirited commitment to free speech” raises some doubts about the
    quality of US intelligence.

    2:04 PM – 9 Jun 2013

    • morphus

      Disagree, it raises doubt about Snowden’s thinking.

      • gn

        As well as the veracity and authenticity of this story.

    • goldenstar

      This raises doubts about Iglesias’ critical thinking skills….

    • lamh36

      I believe this is snark, Since China is actualy ranked worse in term of “free speech” than US, then “US intelligence” ain’t too smart if it believes HK is more sprited

  • rikyrah

    Goldie Taylor @goldietaylor

    My 2nd question goes to timing: Booz confirms Snowden was in their employ for 3mos., ending in May. Am I right abt this?
    7:29 AM – 10 Jun 2013

    Goldie Taylor @goldietaylor

    According GG, he’s been working with Snowden since February (or roughly just prior to or around the start of his employ at Booz)…
    7:31 AM – 10 Jun 2013

    Goldie Taylor @goldietaylor

    So, then Question 2: Was the source acting under the material direction of the columnist during his employ at Booz?
    7:33 AM – 10 Jun 2013

    Goldie Taylor @goldietaylor

    If so, how significant was that material direction? I ask about coordinated activity b/c, I believe it shreds the shield of free press…
    7:35 AM – 10 Jun 2013

    Goldie Taylor @goldietaylor

    … and opens questions about the culpability of the columnist.
    7:36 AM – 10 Jun 2013

    Goldie Taylor @goldietaylor

    Did Snowden accept or proactively position himself for the assignment with any material direction?
    7:37 AM – 10 Jun 2013

    • gn

      Exactly—if he had already started working with GG and The Guardian prior to getting the job at Booz Allen, then uses that job at Booz Allen to illegally obtain info for GG to release, how is this not a classic case of spying? I’m seriously trying to understand the so-called whistleblowing angle here. And I know that GG’s cult of personality is delusional, but for everyone else, does no one see an issue with GG thinking that he (rather than PBO) should be the one entitled to decide which info to release and which info to keep quiet? Who the f- is he? No one elected him. (Smartypants also touched on this, link: http://immasmartypants.blogspot.com/2013/06/glenn-greenwald-is-deciding-whats-in.html

      • conlakappa

        It sure sounds like collusion has joined the usual delusion in GG’s head. It also sounds like getting clearance just got a whole lot harder and will take longer when there was already a backlog.

    • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

      This opens up a whole new can of worms. It sounds like GG sent Snowden to infiltrate Booz Allen and if that’s true…

  • gn

    @RobertDEdwards
    NEW YORK (AP) – S&P revises outlook on US credit rating to ‘stable’ from ‘negative’

  • rikyrah

    if you’ve done nothing wrong…then why is your traitorous ass hiding out in HONG KONG?

    ……………….

    Snowden: ‘I know I have done nothing wrong’
    By Steve Benen

    Mon Jun 10, 2013 8:00 AM EDT

    the Snowden story is quite fascinating for a variety of reasons. Indeed, consider the statement released yesterday afternoon by his employer….. the part that jumped out at me was the “employee of our firm for less than 3 months” line.

    Booz Allen, in other words, which happens to rely overwhelmingly on government contracts for its very existence, provides detailed information on highly classified NSA programs to employees who’ve been around less than three months?

    …. Also note, Snowden is currently in Hong Kong, which he believes has “a spirited commitment to free speech.” That’s … odd. There’s certainly ample room for criticism of the U.S. system, but China not only has a vast surveillance state, it also relies on heavy-handed censorship of speech, press, and online communications…

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/06/10/18880263-snowden-i-know-i-have-done-nothing-wrong

    • morphus

      Booz Allen, in other words, which happens to rely overwhelmingly on government contracts for its very existence, provides detailed information on highly classified NSA programs to employees who’ve been around less than three months?

      I’ve wondered too how did Snowden complete his background check to receive clearance which allows access to NSA classified information within such a short timespan.

      • MonieTalks

        If nothing else, Bradley Manning and now Snowden lets us know that white privilege will do this country in.

        I have witnessed as others have sought top security clearance. It is not a run of the mill process…at least when done by the federal government itself. Apparently private contractors add another layer in the clearance business.

        In the military, it can delay your security clearance if you have a foreign born spouse because of the potential security risk.

        It still baffles me how Manning was still accessing classified data in spite of posting videos on Youtube of about his training at intelligence outpost Fort Huachuca and being reprimanded for it before his Wikileaks shenanigans.

        • gn

          The sense of entitlement has created a do-anything mentality. There are no limits.

        • morphus

          The “privilege” factor is definitely in play. Compare the media’s “interest” in this “intelligence” dust up and its treatment of various characters in the Petraeus story.

      • Tafr

        I’m just now catching up on this story. Did Snowden get that security clearance while in the military or did he get it while working for the contractor? I see that he was discharged from the military only 5 months in. I want to see what his DD214 discharge code is. Certain discharge codes will get security clearances yanked and or keep you from getting a clearance.

        • morphus

          He signed up in the Army Reserve and he lasted for only five months. Still not enough time to complete rigorous high level background check.

          • MonieTalks

            Say what? Oh hells no…

          • Miranda

            Yes Monie…its true – I just posted the article up top. SMH – this guy is hilariously NOT brave.

          • gn

            That’s a question I have—does he have a clearance even? Half of Booz’s employees don’t have one. Was he authorized by Booz to have access to the files he took in the first place?

  • rikyrah

    Michael Tomasky: Here’s something I’ll certainly be keeping one eye fixed on as the Edward Snowden story advances: the degree to which the American right takes him up as a cause célèbre. They’re up a tree either way. If they do, then they’re obviously guilty of the rankest hypocrisy imaginable, because we all know that if Snowden had come forward during George W. Bush’s presidency, the right-wing media would by now have sniffed out every unsavory fact about his life (and a hefty mountain of fiction) in an effort to tar him. If they don’t, then they’ve lost an opportunity to sully Barack Obama. Since they like smearing Obama a lot more than they care about hypocrisy, my guess is that they will lionize him, as some already are. But in the long run, doing that will only expose how deep the rifts are between the national-security right and the libertarian right, and this issue will only extend and intensify those disagreements.

    …. The war caucus still dominates inside the GOP. But what really dominates the Republican Party mindset, what conquers everything, is the thermogenic desire to see Barack Obama have a bad day at the office, whatever it takes. So to the extent that Snowden proves useful to them in the coming days and weeks, they will use him. And liberals should say: let them.

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/06/10/snowden-and-the-right.html

  • gn

    ‏@lawalazu
    Heritage Foundation to GOP: Scandalize, do not govern. Welcome to your 2014 House and Senate. Meanwhile holier than thou lefties rage.

  • gn

    @adept2u
    I am far more interested in why White men with no education and a traitors personality get jobs over Black ones loyal with PH.Ds

    • Miranda
      • gn

        @adept2u
        If Booz Allen gave 200 grand per year jobs to Black folks with no college Negroes would be naming their kids Booz.

        • conlakappa

          As supposed to the people named Alize and Daiquiri who are already out there?

          What?!

          • gn

            You’re just mad that I’m going to name my child Barachelle.

          • conlakappa

            Not Michrack? Or is that what you picked for the boy? It sounds like you saw that cartoon from when the President about what teachers would have to look forward to in children’s names!

    • morphus

      Indeed. After results from recent equality in pay study, questions arose about closing the pay gap when observing disparity between white males (with no degrees) and women with degrees. The answer given to women to resolve disparity? Women need a Phd to receive pay comparable to their white male counterparts.

    • GreenLadyHere

      GOOD MornTin’ GN. ***BIG HUG** :>) —

      — -***BIG — –fist bump*** – – – SPEAK TRUTH!! – –

      — — Sooo – — -Sadly —YES! – – -IT! DOES! – —
      Good 2 C U GN. Have a good day. :>)

    • rikyrah

      so many likes for this

  • gn

    @CNBC:
    Booz Allen Hamilton shares down 4.5%. QUOTE: http://cnb.cx/11aGdfB $BAH”

  • Miranda

    Maaannn………let this have been Tyrone Williams who fled to Nigeria. Wonder what the emoprogs would be saying then?

  • gn

    First day of Zimmerman’s murder trial.

    @CocoPazzo
    Seminole Co Sheriffs have separated the areas: 1 4 #Trayvon supporters, 1 4 #Zimmerman supporters. @ the moment there are 0 GZ supporters

  • gn

    FYI:

    @sahilkapur
    No affirmative action ruling today, per SCOTUSblog. Third and final decision being read now.

  • Miranda

    How yo monkey ass know? I hope they throw his ass in prison right along side this Snowden bitch.

    Greenwald: NSA leak doesn’t jeopardize national security
    By Jonathan Easley – 06/10/13 07:45 AM ET

    Greenwald accused the government of trying to “scare the American public.”

    Glenn Greenwald, The Guardian reporter who broke the story about the National Security Agency’s phone and internet surveillance programs, on Monday disputed claims that the leaks threatened national security.

    “In every single case over the past four to five decades, when there are revelations of wrongdoing that is done in secret, what the strategy of the U.S. government is is to try and come out and scare the American public into saying, these people have jeopardized you, there’s going to be a terrorist attack,” Greenwald said Monday on NBC’s “Today.” “There’s not a single revelation that we’ve provided to the world that even remotely jeopardizes national security.”

    Read more: http://thehill.com/video/in-the-news/304411-greenwald-nsa-leak-doesnt-jeopardize-national-security#ixzz2Vp7NU554

    • gn

      That’s what I’m trying to understand—who the f- appointed GG arbiter of what information can and can’t be kept secret? This man isn’t even above average intelligence, who the hell is he to assume this authority?

    • morphus

      What everyone needs to mull around for a moment or two … NSA is “requesting” a subset of data from corporations who creates and sells “profiles” the corporations maintains on individuals. Profiles which updates your FICO score on the basis of where you shop when you use your credit card or whether your neighbor filed bankruptcy and these corporations sends your personal information like your bank balance or your credit cards available balance to stores when you enter malls. Get it? The corporations are marketing, selling, and distributing information they’ve compiled on individuals.

      • creolechild

        Thank you for bringing that up, Morphus. Case in point: “Meet the Stalkers”

        [....] Americans worship privacy, railing when our favorite websites alter their terms of service to collect just a bit more information about us. Yet from the moment you swipe your rewards card at CVS or update Facebook, there are companies you don’t even know exist—often referred to as “data brokers”—watching, taking notes, and connecting the dots between the virtual you and the real one, using sophisticated technology to create vast and detailed personal profiles of hundreds of millions of American consumers. These databases are available to law enforcement and welfare agencies, to marketers, to banks and insurance companies, to employers looking for background information on their employees, to anyone with a credit card. [....]

        [....]There is no way for you to know what their dossiers contain about you, and no easy way to remove yourself from the databases of the hundreds of companies regularly engaged in buying and selling your personal details.[....]The largest data broker is a billion-dollar-a-year business with a cunningly bland corporate name. Arkansas’s Acxiom Corporation stores up to 1,500 relevant data points for each of its 500 million consumer profiles across a network of 23,000 computer servers, processing a staggering 50 trillion data transactions per year, according to a report by Natasha Singer for The New York Times.[....]

        Read more: http://prospect.org/article/meet-stalkers

        H/T Jeff Saginor

        • morphus

          Acxiom acquired, Choice Point, THE original profiler Karl Rove used to purge voter records in 2000.

          • creolechild

            Wow! All roads leading to perdition…

    • creolechild

      Good morning POU. This article was posted on January 03, 2012 in response to a skirmish with GG and his upporters. Interesting stuff that may be useful to the Twitter warriors…

      Glenn Greenwald Of The Libertarian Cato Institute Posts His Defense Of Joshua Foust…The Exiled Responds To Greenwald

      [....] We repeat: Greenwald was coaching Tyner, according to email threads leaked to The eXiled, and Greenwald did not disclose this. Why didn’t Glenn Greenwald disclose his relationship to John Tyner?[....] Moreover, Tyner has since admitted that he deceived the public and that he had in fact planned his “Don’t Touch My Junk” stunt–the Nation apology was based on believing Tyner hadn’t planned his “Don’t Touch My Junk” stunt.[....]

      Also, John Tyner has come out in favor of privatizing the TSA, against unions, against gay marriage, against drug
      legalization and as a follower of racist libertarian Murray Rothbard, promoter of David Duke’s candidacy, contradicting the progressive Jimmy Stewart image that
      Greenwald painted in his article defending the Koch-linked libertarians behind the anti-TSA media hysteria.[....]

      [....] Glenn Greenwald claiming he only wrote “2 freelance articles” for the Cato Institute is offensive it’s so utterly absurd.[....] For one thing, one of those “free-lance rticles” was nothing resembling a “freelance article”—it was a major policy whitepaper, a one-year massive report that included numerous speaking engagements on behalf of the Koch-founded Cato Institute. And let’s not forget, the Cato
      Institute was originally founded as The Charles Koch Foundation of Wichita.[....]

      Lastly, we find it disturbing that Greenwald said in an interview that he “would also be happy to see a billionaire run without the help of either party, to “disrupt the two-party stranglehold.” (http://www.out.com/news-commentary/2011/04/18/glenn-greenwald-life-beyond-borders)[....]

      Read more: http://exiledonline.com/glenn-greenwald-of-the-libertarian-cato-institute-posts-his-defense-of-joshua-foust-the-exiled-responds-to-greenwald/

      H/T Team eXiled

  • Miranda

    Records show Army discharged Edward Snowden after 5 months
    The self-proclaimed leaker joined the Army Reserve in 2004, records show.
    By STEPHANIE GASKELL | 6/10/13 8:24 AM EDT

    The former CIA computer technician who leaked last week’s explosive details about American classified surveillance programs spent just five months in the Army Reserve before he was discharged, records show.

    Edward Snowden, the self-proclaimed whistleblower who sent the information to The Guardian and The Washington Post, joined up in 2004, but separated just five months later, an Army official told Politico.

    “His records indicate he enlisted in the Army Reserve as a Special Forces Recruit (18X) on 7 May 2004 but was discharged 28 September 2004. He did not complete any training or receive any awards,” the spokesman said

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/06/edward-snowden-army-discharge-92486.html#ixzz2Vp7nU42n

    • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

      Discharged after 5 months?? He claims he broke his legs during training, but Imma need for someone to investigate.

      • rikyrah

        he’s a fail all the way around

        • Alma98

          It’s just mind boggling isn’t it. It took my husband a black man who took his commitment to his job and country very seriously 20yrs to get high security clearance. And still keeps his mouth shut even after his service is done like he should. But a white guy with no education and little to no training just waltz’s in and gets a job just like that. Are you fucking kidding me!

          • rikyrah

            it’s surreal, isn’t it?
            no fucking degree.
            couldn’t even make it through basic training.
            but, his 2520 ass GETS A SECURITY CLEARANCE AND A 200K JOB?
            W-T-F?

          • Alma98

            I keep smgdh saying to myself is this shit for real? White privilege is some powerful shit.

          • BoomerGal

            Indeed it is and always has been.

          • BoomerGal

            Are you really surprised??

          • conlakappa

            While he was waiting for his clearance once, my husband met a guy who had just had his second DWI yet got his clearance before my husband. Since the wars started, clearance takes at least 6 months but whatevs.

          • Alma98

            SMH!

          • conlakappa

            Right? It wasn’t even gossip/the rumor mill: the guy told my husband when they were talking about clearances! He started after my husband, mind you.

  • gn

    The twitter fam is going HAM on emos for trying to use Civil Rights imagery as a crutch against people questioning their attempt to depict Snowden as a hero.

    @root_e
    Rosa Parks earned $200,000/year as a federal contractor. #thingsIlearnfromprogressives

    • Tafr

      The emos will never ever have an American icon such as Rosa Parks. So far their hero worship consist of Assange, accused of rape, Manning, a stupid dirty traitor and Snowden another stupid dirty traitor.

    • MonieTalks

      These predicatable, sorry mofos.

      Then guess what…they wanna compare him to Rosa Parks and MLK jr…then let’s corral his ass up and give him a MUGSHOT.

      • conlakappa

        Please, from the supporters of people who whined about having charges in their records from chaining themselves to the White House fence. Tweeting/blogging about the experience of going through D.C. jail central booking is not so much “Letter from Birmingham Jail.”

  • GreenLadyHere

    - -GOOD MONDAY MORNTIN’ -ALEXANDER2♥/POU FAM♥. ***BIG HUG**** — SCIENTISTS!! — -Woo! Hoo! –GON B EXCITING!! :>)
    — – -Annnnd –2-DAY –WE WILL C MR. PRESIDENT MAKE ANOTHER NOMINATION. :>)

    – – -THANK U ALEXANDER2♥. :>)

    —☻DR. APRILLE — –
    – — – -☺UNIQUE on her FIELD: – Aprille is an aerospace engineer and instrument manager at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center
    – – — – -☺2 FIRSTS!!Aprille has also been a trailblazer: she is the first African American
    female to receive a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Howard
    University, and the first African American female at NASA’s Goddard
    Space Flight Center to receive a Ph.D. in Engineering.
    – —[PROUD of HER!! :>)]

    – – — – -☺ACCOLADESIn 1997, she won a “Women in Science and Engineering” award for the best female engineer in the federal government. –WOW&1/2!! :>)

    — —- -☺IN Da “STRUGGLE”And another important goal: “I feel obligated to continue to help spur
    the interest of minorities and females in the math, science and
    engineering disciplines.
    – –:>)

    – —☻MR. PRESIDENT — -2:10 PM — Obama makes a personnel announcement. – — Lookin’ FORWARD – – -> :>)

    – – – -ENJOY YOUR TREAT. :>) —B BLESSED 2- DAY♥

    • TyrenM

      This is a great share. Seeing Howard represented in a good light during troubled times. Hoping the Good Ship Howard gets straightened out.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good Monday MornTin’ TyrenM. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

        — – -***BIG fist bump*** :>) —

        Soo SORRY 2 read about the “struggles” that HOWARD is experiencing —

        BUT – — Sooo HAPPY 2 C the NUMEROUS SUCCESSES that HBCU GRADS EXPERIENCE. – –

        —Annnnd — – -MR. PRESIDENT SUPPORTS ‘em: – – -White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities – – -:>)
        – –YET — -da hatas say WHA’? – – – -He ‘ON’T do nuthin’ 4 BLAH folks! – – -humph!!

        Good 2 C U TyrenM. – –Have a good day. :>)

  • lamh36

    Anyone have Geico insurance and if so would you recomment it?

    • Town

      I have GEICO and have had it since 1997. I have had no problems with Geico.

      • lamh36

        cool. thanks. I need to change insurance and I’m trying to find reasonable rates

    • PBomb

      I have had Geico for a long time, not as long as Town but for a while. No problems whatsoever.

    • goldenstar

      My former insurance agent actually recommended Geico and I’ve been using it for the past 3 years.

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2 – – – -2-day’s “Google – Doodle” – – -:>)

    – – – -Maurice Sendak – Google Doodle – —

    —- – -Maurice Sendak was an American writer and illustrator best known for his children’s picture book “Where the Wild Things Are”. Google celebrates Maurice Sendak’s 85th birthday with an animated Google Doodle. The Google Doodle for Maurice Sendak’s shows several of Sendak’s characters and their stories. At the end they celebrate a big 85th birthday party with a nice birthday cake.

    Where the Wild Things Are – -:>)
    – – -READ THIS 2 students —this year. :>) – -THEY ENJOYED IT! :>)

    I learn soo much from these “DOODLES”. :>) – -

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2 —Here we go — -JUDGE – -SAYS – –NO MORE DELAYS! – –
    — -Jury selection begins in George Zimmerman murder trial-

    — – – -Jury selection in the Trayvon Martin murder case got off to a prompt start Monday, with Circuit Judge Debra Nelson quickly hearing, then rejecting, a request from defense lawyer Mark O’Mara to delay the trial.
    “We’re not fully ready and we need more time,” O’Mara told the judge.

    Assistant State Attorney Bernie de la Rionda objected and said lawyers defending George Zimmerman had “plenty of time” to prepare.

    Nelson agreed and denied the motion. The judge however, did rule that a defense motion to prohibit prosecutors from using inflammatory words such as “profiled,” “vigilante,” “wannabe cop,” and “self-appointed neighborhood watch captain” would be partially granted in reference to potential jurors. Lawyers will not be allowed to use those words when questioning potential jurors.
    THERE IS MORE —- – -Sooooo WATCHIN’ – —
    —RIHEP — T.M.- –

    • morphus

      O’Mara went on teevee last week smearing Trayvon with inadmissible evidence with the intent to taint the jury pool now wants exclusion of inflammatory words when referring to his client?

  • Alma98

    Morning!

    • rikyrah

      Good Morning, Alma:)

      • Alma98

        Good morning rikyrah!

    • crazycanuck

      morning

      • Alma98

        Morning

    • Aquagranny911

      Hola Alma! Have you forgiven us for teasing you yesterday?

      • Alma98

        Morning AG, I wasn’t mad at you guys. I didn’t feel to good yesterday, so just layed on the sofa and played my games.

        • Aquagranny911

          Aww! I hope you are feeling better today. Take it easy, OK?

    • sagittarius

      Morning, Alma!

      • Alma98

        Hey sag! Have a good day.

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2 —-:>) Nerdy Wonka is – –ON IT! –“AIR”-where: – –:>)

    –☻ –Nerdy Wonka@NerdyWonka
    HEADS UP: Pres. Obama marks the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act. http://www.whitehouse.gov/live http://www.c-span.org
    View summary

    – -☻–Imani ABL@AngryBlackLady
    I must have missed that part of history where Rosa Parks ran off to Hong Kong to chill in a luxury hotel.
    Retweeted by Nerdy Wonka

    – — —[NOR DID SHE RIDE THERE IN HER -- -"FRONT SEAT" - -LOL ]– –

    — -☻Nerdy Wonka@NerdyWonka
    Thanks to Pres. Obama, the auto industry is poised for a big hiring spree of engineers, technicians & factory workers http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2013/06/10/auto-industry-jobs-hiring-spree-binge-employment/2407213/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter&dlvrit=206567
    View summary
    – –Woo! Hoo! :>)
    MORE L8R :>) –

  • lamh36

    From Politico.

    This is not the service record that gets you a critical Intell job:

    “His records indicate he enlisted in the Army Reserve as a Special Forces Recruit (18X) on 7 May 2004 but was discharged 28 September 2004. He did not complete any training or receive any awards,” the spokesman said.

    (Also on POLITICO: Snowden leak exposes cracks in contractor system)

    Records show Snowden’s birthday as June 21, 1983. The 18X is a code for an enlistment option that permits recruits to try to go directly into the Army’s Special Forces, a path previously open only to serving soldiers. Snowden told The Guardian that an injury prevented him from pursing his full Army training.

    http://www.politico.com/story/2013/06/edward-snowden-army-discharge-92486.html#ixzz2VoqcUXb8

    • Miranda

      He can’t keep all his lies together. Dude will crack soon.

    • morphus

      Those were the new generation of SF babies they started to try to get when the war was really going back then

      Now SF wannabes work for Xe (formerly known as Blackwater) and earn 10X soldier’s pay.

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2 – —-From MR. PRRSIDENT: —

    — -Obama to nominate Jason Furman to lead Council of Economic Advisers – –
    – — —- -President Obama will on Monday announce that he has chosen Jason Furman as his nominee to replace Alan Krueger as chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, a White House official said

    Obama will make the announcement at 2:10 p.m. at the White House, joined by Furman, the current principal deputy director of the National Economic Council, and Krueger. Furman’s nomination must be confirmed by the Senate.

    Since joining Obama’s economic team during the 2008 campaign, Furman “has been a key adviser to the president and has contributed to most every major proposal on jobs and the economy since then,” the official said.

    Furman has been influential on a “wide array of economic issues, from infrastructure investment to technology policy to tax reform,” the official said, and played a central role in shaping the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the Affordable Care Act, among other Obama administration priorities.
    THERE IS MORE. —
    – WATCHIN’ —- -Best wishes. . .:>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2 — –YES!! – HE’s–STILL in –“DA STRUGGLE” — –

    — -Congressman Calls Out Darrell Issa And Proves Obama Wasn’t Involved In IRS Scandal- –

    – – – – —Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) called out Darrell Issa today, and proved that President Obama was not involved in the IRS scandal by using transcripts that Issa refuses to fully release.
    Video:
    – – –SNIP – —

    CUMMINGS: Well, I will talk to the chairman again. I’ve written him
    and begged him to release the transcripts. I want them released. The only thing I would say is I do want redactions of names of some people who are employees (ph), but other than that, I think every syllable should be released. And, I can tell you, I’m willing to come on your show next week with the chairman with the transcripts if he agrees to do that. But if he doesn’t, I’ll release them by the end of the week.

    THERE IS MORE!! — — – --THANK U —MR. CUMMIMGS!!

    • TyrenM

      CBC? We see Cummings on it. Donna Edwards stay on it from what I see. Chairwoman? What’s she doing? Bobby Rush at least battling Kirk. for what good, Illinois can tell me. Maxine Waters, fighting to water down CFPB. Keith Ellison, bugging about drones. Charlie Rangel still hiding money but don’t say anything about stop and frisk or anything that matters.

      Remind me again what they’re good for? Seriously, help me understand.

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2 – – – -Heeeeeere’s – – -MR. PRESIDENT – –:>)

    – – -Watch live: Obama marks 50th anniversary of Equal Pay Act — -Woo! Hoo! :>)

  • rikyrah

    POU, the traitor tweeted you?

    he’s on the run, but has time to tweet?

    • Alma98

      I was just reading that! I’m like huh?

      • conlakappa

        And from a colony of China, where we’re always hearing about internet access restriction. Hmmm.

        • Alma98

          My son said the same thing yesterday, he said I thought internet access was hard to get in China.

          • conlakappa

            Hotel rooms under $500 U.S. are also hard to come buy. Shadiness being shady.

        • gn

          And promoting Ron Paul?! It’s not a verified account, perhaps it’s another lunatic pretending to be him.

    • crazycanuck

      is that really him?

  • sagittarius

    Good morning, Fam!

    Gotta catch up my reading… see you in a bit. Oh – and have a great day!

    • rikyrah

      Good Morning, Sag!

      • sagittarius

        Afternoon, Rikyrah!

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2 – – -Annnnnd the BLAH NOMINEES were – – -:>)

    – – -Your List Of Black 2013 Tony Award Nominees Ahead Of Tonight’s Event Broadcast- – -:>) Woo! Hoo!

    Annnd — – -the WINNERS R: – – – -Woo! Hoo!!

    – — — Blacks Dominate the 2013 Tony Awards
    –[Wins by performers of color signal that Broadway may be more welcoming than Hollywood.]
    - –

    – – – – – -Having never won one in her legendary career, Cicely Tyson was a sentimental favorite to take home a Tony, American theater’s highest honor, this year for her critically acclaimed performance in The Trip to Bountiful.
    So when Tyson’s name was announced for best actress in a play, it was not a total surprise (particularly to those of us who have seen her performance, which was a revelation). But there were plenty of surprises that evening, and many of them involved performers of color. Black performers swept the major acting categories.

    Billy Porter took home the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical for his star-making turn in Kinky Boots, which won a total of six Tony Awards. Patina Miller won Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical for Pippin, while Courtney B. Vance won for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play for Lucky Guy.

    The fact that four black performers won in one evening is noteworthy, particularly when one considers that a total of 14 Academy Awards have been awarded to black actors and actresses since 1939. By comparison, 49 Tony Awards have been won by black actors and actresses since 1950.
    THERE IS MORE–

    – —–CONGRATULATIONS —Soooo PROUD of U♥

  • BoomerGal

    NSA Story Falling Apart Under Scrutiny:
    http://thedailybanter.com/2013/06/nsa-story-falling-apart-under-scrutiny-key-facts-turning-out-to-be-inaccurate/#.UbPesJMKbWA.twitter
    No surprise here. I’m reserving judgment for this very reason. All I do know for certain is this is another weak attempt at trying to bring down Obama and Democrats.